Preparing to publish

The world of publishing in science is rapidly changing. It is becoming increasingly accepted that any good research should be published, published quickly, and published to be available to all – be it to report ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ outcomes. There are many routes and media through which to communicate scientific research. While publishing is not just about having full-length, original articles published in a well-known journal with a high impact factor, this is still the ultimate goal. Authors must be able to navigate their way through selecting and submitting to appropriate journals, dealing with authorship issues, handling peer review and promoting their work after successful publication.

Alongside or separate from writing workshops, I cover:
  • the diversity of writing and publishing opportunities
  • authorship – good practice and problems
  • measures of journal prestige – impact factor and others
  • indexing and citation databases
  • open access – green vs. gold
  • be searchable – have a good article title, abstract, key words
  • journal selection strategy
  • manuscript preparation and submission
  • the peer review process
  • handling reviewer comments and dealing with rejection
  • the changing face of peer review – portability and cascades
  • increasing your citation rate and getting your name out there.

Participants attending workshops or sessions addressing publication planning come with a rich variety of experiences (the more experienced) or perceptions (the less experienced). I frequently ask questions and leave time for discussion, from which participants usually gain considerable benefit from sharing experiences and ideas.